Cheyenne is the capital of Wyoming and home to the Frontier Days rodeo – the largest outdoor rodeo in the country. But for railfans, we also know Cheyenne aqs the home to the Union Pacific Steam Shops – and, now, Big Boy 4014. Don’t overlook Big Boy – not that you could. Earlier this year, Union Pacific moved its mighty steam engine from its former home at a southern California museum to Steam Shops in Cheyenne for a five-year makeover and renovation with plans to make it operable again.
The world’s largest steam engine, one of just 25 made for by the Union Pacific, weighs 1.2 million pounds and was towed almost 1,300 miles; much to the delight of railfans and train enthusiasts across the west who turned out in droves to watch as the beastly locomotive was transported. First implemented in 1941, Big Boy 4014 saw 17 years of transcontinental freight service before being retired to the Rail Giants Train Museum in January of 1962.
Chronicling the historic journey, Trains Magazine’s DVD “Big Boy – On the Road to Restoration” is the only complete video reporting of every step of the jounrey from California to Wyoming. Own a piece of Big Boy history! Available now at a discount – the story of moving Big Boy 4014 to its new home for its full restoration is sure to please every steam fan.